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« on: January 30, 2013, 09:38:09 PM »

I'm a bit bored from spending several days reading Jefferson: The Art of Power, so I decided to fire up SH3 and do another war patrol, my fourth.

First, fire up SH3 with the Grey Wolves expansion:


My trusty Mark VIIB


Back at HQ:


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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013, 09:49:20 PM »

Adjust the Realism settings (ok, I'm a wimp, only 52% Roll Eyes)


And my mission orders:


Area AN52 is off the coast of England (might be hard to see here).


Here you go, a bit better:
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2013, 09:53:37 PM »

looking forward to you AAR
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2013, 09:54:22 PM »

Thanks Soulchilde. I haven't done one of these in a while, but they are fun.

Finally, on the boat. Damn, bit of a swell today, even at the dock:


My first officer. He's a bit leery of me. Or maybe he looks that way all the time:


We do have a band for the send off. Bunch of damn draft dodgers if you ask me:
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2013, 10:00:47 PM »

And we are underway! Good bye, Wilhelmshaven! Good bye, fresh beer! Good bye, fresh women icon_frown


Last look at the dockyard. Lots of smoke!


Old Wilhelmshaven is a nice place. Shame someone will probably bomb the hell out of it soon:



I do see a neutral ship at the dock. Hmm, Swedish I think. Probably important that I be able to recognize flags.
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 10:05:43 PM »

This is our escort through the minefields. Bet they will be back drinking beer before dark disgust


We follow him out through the minefields:


My first officer tries to hide his gaze from me, but I know what he's thinking. Oh, I know.

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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2013, 10:08:14 PM »

Looks like someone else has a big ship ready to go in harm's way!


Oops, probably not. No guns. No turrets.


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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2013, 10:16:23 PM »

My navigator is busy keeping notations in pencil on the chart as to where we are. He erases very well, you can't even see where we've been! By the way, we are the diamond near the center of the screen.


There are other ships out here as well. This one's flag means it's from... ah, the Netherlands? That can only mean Heineken and Grolsch aboard.


And it's not just working ships. This little yacht is probably the property of some Party member, having a party with his member. Sorry, it's the lack of beer talking.
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2013, 10:20:04 PM »

Still following our escort as we make the turn to head out to the North Sea.



Oh, somebody else is working, hauling coal.
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2013, 10:34:36 PM »

In the control room. It's comfy right now, but then everyone took a shower this morning. Things will change.



Our escort is heading back to dock. We wish them well... not really.

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« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2013, 10:42:48 PM »

We chart a course to Helgoland, a place less interesting than it's name.


We have another visitor, a Scnellboot.


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« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2013, 10:56:54 PM »

And more visitors, like a Raumboot:


And a Vorpostenboot:

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« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2013, 11:08:12 PM »

And we approach Helgoland. Thankfully we have a Zerstreutes Kameragerät on board, a gift from the Reich Ministry der neuen Technologie, so we are able to obtain some excellent aerial photographs. I feel this device will come in handy later on.







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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2013, 11:09:14 PM »

And now it's off to our patrol area, AN52.
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« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2013, 11:14:43 PM »

We have been cruising all day on the surface, quiet so far. It's sunset....


... and moonrise.


Have I introduced you to the crew? No? Here they are:
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« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2013, 11:24:40 PM »

A quick check of the instruments. Batteries fully charged, air pressure tanks at max, CO2 fine, and almost full with fuel. I'm keeping the boat at 14 knots so we can get closer to the English coast before dawn.


Did I show you this? No? It's the map of the minefields and booms around many of the ports. Pretty cool, eh?


And it's sunrise, the start of the second day. Hopefully some good hunting today!
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« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2013, 03:19:18 AM »

New message from The Big Talking Head:


Yeah, sure thing.
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« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2013, 03:29:56 AM »

On station in Sector AN52. We are 195 kilometers from the coast. I suspect things will be getting exciting when the sun comes up.
Damn, I'm wearing my brown shoes! Where are my damn Adidas?


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« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2013, 03:40:56 AM »

I have to wait in this sector twenty four hours before I can free roam.


It's 0900, dawn of the third day. Sea is like glass, which isn't very good for being stealthy.


Depth under keel is 64 meters, plenty if I need to dive very, very quickly.
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« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2013, 04:02:03 AM »

Well, this is embarrassing. After looking at the sunrise I ordered a course of 270 degrees at one third ahead. I then went to my little cabin and started tinkering with another new device from the Reich Ministry der neuen Technologie, something called a Schoß Rechner. I was studying this function called Minensuchboot and lost all track of time. Suddenly I see the red night vision lights go on! It is already dusk! Gottverdammte!. I run back to the navigation room and look at the chart...



We are right off shore!!!



I immediately order a course of 045 and full speed ahead. After a few minutes it looks like we might have gotten away with it, then suddenly....



Scheiße!! A closer look through the UZO shows it's a torpedo boat, but thankfully it doesn't appear to see us. We shall slip off into the night.

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« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2013, 04:36:00 AM »

However, it is a busy night. We submerge for awhile, then surface to move away from the coast. My hydrophone operator picks up sound of a merchant to the ENE and we move towards him:


Suddenly my lookouts spot him!


I plot a course to move closer:


We man the deck gun:


I give the order to fire at will:


The merchantman turns on his searchlight, but it is far too late:


We are hitting him badly:


Still his searchlight is illuminating us! We must finish him quickly:


Suddenly he is ripped by an explosion:


Another explosion. She's going down:


We head off into the night. The Captain's log records the results:
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« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2013, 04:57:48 AM »

We lay on the surface for the rest of the night, then slowly start moving southwest towards the coast again. It is quiet until an Anson is spotted. We crash dive.


Heading down to forty meters, we remain there, drifting, until almost sunset. Then we surface.


We resume heading southwest towards the coast, but as night falls, so does the barometer. There is rain and wind and little possibility of finding any prey. And in worse news, we drink the last of the good beer crybaby

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« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2013, 05:03:19 AM »

It is now daylight on the 27th. We have been at sea five days. The weather is terrible, raining and overcast with a rising sea. The first officer wants to know if I have hair in my nose. I am suspicious.
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« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2013, 05:28:54 AM »

The weather continues nasty, with rough seas.


I go below and lay in my bunk and consider; do I indeed have hair in my nose? Doesn't every one have hair in their nose? It troubles me.


It is night again and we are laying offshore from Aberdeen.


Next day the weather continues abysmal. I move closer inshore towards Aberdeen, but I find nothing.


We are close enough to be seeing landbirds.


My Zerstreutes Kameragerät sees that it is raining in Aberdeen as well.


Thankfully the rough seas have subsided, but it still raining.
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« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2013, 05:48:51 AM »

We have a bizarre encounter in the middle of the night. In the rain and the darkness suddenly we come across a large cargo ship, completely blacked out. It is only a few hundred meters away. I swing around and fire two quick torpedoes, but they miss. I then run up past him, swing around and fire two more from a better position. They too also miss. I move quickly past him and fire off my single stern tube, which also misses. Then I lose sight of him. I go back and search, but I cannot find him! Five fishes and no results. They will not be happy in Berlin! Meantime I slowly reload my tubes.



After the mission, Abwehr intelligence discovered that indeed, we did sink that ship icon_biggrin...


However, it was a neutral icon_frown
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« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2013, 04:37:46 PM »

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 31, 2013, 05:28:54 AM

The weather continues nasty, with rough seas.

That's putting it mildly. LOL

I love reading this. I feel totally in on the action. Very well done. biggrin
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« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2013, 05:27:54 PM »

After the encounter with the mystery ship, I decide to try my luck further north... say, why not Scapa Flow, British Home Fleet base? icon_eek


Just before dawn, I'm on station south of the main entrance. Suddenly...


Well, that was to be expected, a British destroyer. Time to go deep.
Now I hear his friends arriving.


I send my crew to damage control stations.


They are on the surface, looking for me.


I have worked my way to the south and away from where they are circling, but I'm almost aground! Only five meters under the keel. Time to bring the boat up a bit.


More depth charges.


We are still being depth charged, but they are all to the north now. I may just escape after all.
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« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2013, 05:39:44 PM »

There are so many ships up there, they are illuminating each other with their searchlights.


There's a pretty ship.


Still, I'm moving away bit by bit. It's been over ninety minutes so far.
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« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2013, 05:40:23 PM »

I'm loving the AAR.
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« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2013, 05:44:35 PM »

It's a bit brighter up top, so I send my remote camera (did I mention it can be launched from underwater? It can nod).


It's a bit hard to see, but I count five enemies looking for me.
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« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2013, 05:47:51 PM »

And another half hour goes by. They are certainly persistent.


Especially this guy.
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« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2013, 06:01:45 PM »

Oh my, we have taken damage...


And we have flooding in the after compartments.


And now the flooding is critical!  eek


Tragically, it's too late for any heroic measures. We all drown. Very sad crybaby


And this is how my careers winds up.


Thanks for following this AAR! I'll post another one sometime.
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« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2013, 11:58:32 PM »

Those are awesome pics!!!  I remember picking up this game back in the day and loved figuring out the firing solutions manually.

I got rid of my starforce laden copy of the game, but keep forgetting to pick it up on steam again.  Have you played Silent Hunter IV?  Is that better or worse than this game?
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« Reply #33 on: February 03, 2013, 01:25:26 AM »

Quote from: lex on February 02, 2013, 11:58:32 PM

I got rid of my starforce laden copy of the game, but keep forgetting to pick it up on steam again.  Have you played Silent Hunter IV?  Is that better or worse than this game?

It's been years since I played it, but I remember that SH4 was as good as SH3, except that in the vast distances of the Pacific it seemed to take forever to get to places. However, I'm playing SH3 with the Grey Wolves expansion, which is pretty awesome and significantly better than vanilla SH3. 

For those who might be wondering, I installed the latest Grey Wolves GWX3 Gold mod over a new Silent Hunter 3 installation downloaded from Steam. I didn't need to do any tweaks or adjustments. And <cross fingers> I haven't had any crashes at all.
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« Reply #34 on: February 03, 2013, 01:35:03 AM »

Just reinstalled it.  How in the world do you change resolution?  I have a 2560x1440 monitor and it looks pretty bad.
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« Reply #35 on: February 03, 2013, 02:22:09 AM »

Quote from: Greggy_D on February 03, 2013, 01:35:03 AM

Just reinstalled it.  How in the world do you change resolution?  I have a 2560x1440 monitor and it looks pretty bad.

My monitor is 1920x1200 and it looks, well, like the screen shots. However, that's with the GWX3 mod and the mod may be what's making the game look ok, at least to me. I didn't play with any resolution settings when I did my installations.
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« Reply #36 on: February 03, 2013, 10:14:55 PM »

That was fun to follow and read.  I thought that was a bold move to head up North to the base.  I hope you do another AAR soon.

The last sub sims I really got into were the Silent Service games, I was never able to get into SH3, although I didn't give it my best effort.   
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